San Francisco Giants Reportedly Finalists for Shohei Ohtani

The Shohei Ohtani Hot Stove League has taken a new twist as reports indicate he has narrowed his list of teams to seven: the Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Padres, Mariners, Rangers and Cubs. That lines up with other news to come out Sunday, from the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham, who reports Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski said Ohtani informed him Boston was also out of the running. Their multimedia presentation couldn't make up for the fact that NY is located on the East Coast and it appears as though Ohtani wants to play closer to home.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed to reporters that Ohtani told the Yankees he would not sign with them.

The winning team will put up a $20 million posting fee, and Ohtani will enter the 2018 season making the major league minimum of $545,000.

Ohtani, whose fastball has been clocked at 100 miles per hour, is said to prefer the West Coast and smaller market. "But I did get a sense that I can't change that we're a big market and I can't change we're in the East". By leaving Japan at 23, Ohtani can only sign a standard major-league rookie contract, and his signing bonus cannot exceed $3.535 million.

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The Mariners have a long history of Japanese stars, and when the Angels acquired more than $1 million in global bonus money last week in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, general manager Billy Eppler said he would apply it to a pursuit of Ohtani.

Among the teams meeting with Ohtani are the Rangers, who have the most global money to offer ($3.54 million) and the Giants, who have $1.84 million available.

Passan reported Saturday that Ohtani had begun to schedule meetings with teams for this week. The Dodgers, Angels and Padres are also considered strong candidates.

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